KAVANAUGH: Conspiracy or Pattern? Another Woman Comes Forward.


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Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s, has described a dormitory party gone awry and a drunken incident that she wants the F.B.I. to investigate.

 

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The Wrong Side of Women


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Nearly 27 years ago, Senators Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby were on the Judiciary committee.

Eighty five year old ,Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Iowa) said Wednesday that he doesn’t doubt Christine Blasey Ford believes she was assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school.   “I don’t doubt that she believes what she says, and in fact, I have a responsibility to give deference to that, at least until I hear it, and to make a determination afterwards if it is possible to make a determination,”  “Nothing the F.B.I. or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay,” “The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee,” .

In 1991, Senator Grassley discussed the need for the FBI to investigate allegations made by Anita Hill.  He said it was the right thing to do!

A few days ago, 84 year old Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said, Christine Blasey Ford may be “mixed up about the alleged incident.  He went on to say, he know’s the Judge (Kavanaugh) very, very well , is an honest man, this didn’t happen!    There is “some question” whether Ford is mixed up and confusing Kavanaugh  with someone else.

 October 1991: Senator Hatch said “There’s no question in my mind Anita Hill was coached by special interests groups”  “Her story’s too contrived. It’s so slick it doesn’t compute.  “”He said key signs of that include two charges she made for the first time  which research by Republicans showed may have been borrowed from a Kansas sexual harassment case and the book, “The Exorcist.”  He said ,Hill’s testimony was carefully designed – with the help of Thomas’ enemies – to use racial and sexual stereotypes of black males against Thomas. “They wanted to turn whites against this man. It was a reverse Willie Horton,”

Seventy six year old, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  focus is on the Democrat’s. He claimed they leaked these allegations “at the last minute in an irregular manner” as a delaying tactic.

Senator McConnell, voted for Clarence Thomas in 1991 , he called Thomas a winner for emerging from Hill’s unproven allegations..

Eighty four year old,Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. Through his spokesman,  says he believes the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh are serious, and wants to see the Senate Judiciary Committee get to the bottom of the claims.  Senator Shelby was one of the few Republicans who did not support Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore.

In 1991, Democratic Senator Richard Shelby supported Clarence Thomas.

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Anita Hill

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 Thomas nomination proceeded to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings. The first few days of the hearings were relatively uneventful. When asked about his stance on legal abortion, Thomas claimed that he had not formulated an opinion and the issue was dropped. After a few more days of outside testimony, it appeared as if the Senate committee would easily confirm the Thomas nomination. The committee split its vote, however–seven to seven, and the nomination went to the Senate without a clear recommendation.

When the nomination moved to the floor of the Senate, it took a sudden and dramatic turn when Anita Hill, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma, came forward with accusations that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Hill had worked for Thomas years earlier when he was head of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Hill charged that Thomas harassed her with inappropriate discussion of sexual acts and pornographic films after she rebuffed his invitations to date him. A media frenzy quickly arose around Hill’s allegations and Thomas.  

Hill agreed to take a polygraph test. While senators and other authorities noted that polygraph results cannot be relied upon and are inadmissible in courts, Hill’s results did support her statements. Thomas did not take a polygraph test. He made a vehement and complete denial, saying that he was being subjected to a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks

In early July 2018, after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was reported to be on the shortlist for the Supreme Court .  Christine Blasey Ford contacted both The Washington Post via a tip line and her Representative Anna Eshoo.  On July 20, after Kavanaugh became the nominee. Eshoo met with Ford, becoming convinced of her credibility and noting that Ford seemed “terrified” that her identity as an accuser might become public. Thereafter, Eshoo and Ford mutually decided to take the matter to Senator Dianne Feinstein , one of Ford’s Senators in California and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would deliberate Kavanaugh’s nomination. In a letter to Feinstein, Ford alleged that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when both were in high school, and stated that she expected her story to be kept confidential. In August, Ford took a polygraph test with a former FBI agent, who concluded Ford was being truthful when attesting to the accuracy of her allegations.

Owing to her confidentiality commitment to Ford, Feinstein did not raise the issue in the initial Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings. On September 12, it was reported (without naming Ford) that Feinstein was withholding a Kavanaugh-related document from fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats. Feinstein then referred Ford’s letter to the FBI, which redacted Ford’s name and forwarded the letter to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh’s background check. The White House in turn sent the letter to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.

On September 16, 2018, after media reported anonymous allegations and reporters started to track down her identity, Ford went public. She spoke to The Washington Post, alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the summer of 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17. As corroboration of her account, Ford provided The Post with the polygraph as well as session notes from her therapist written in 2012. The therapist’s notes also say four boys were involved, which Ford attributed to an error by the therapist; Ford said in 2018 that four boys were at the party but only two were involved in the incident.[ Kavanaugh has categorically denied Ford’s allegations.

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What did Christine Blasey Ford Win For Coming Forward? 

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2018/09/20/carol-merrill-tell-us-what-shes-won/

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 From the Top

 

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December 2017, Donald Trump endorses Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore Moore was running for the seat vacated by newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.    During the campaign,  Beverly Young Nelson said that, in December 1977 or January 1978 when she was 16, Moore sexually assaulted her. She said that when she fought him off, he eventually gave up, telling her, “You’re just a child, I’m the district attorney. If you tell anyone about this no one will ever believe you.” Moore denied Nelson’s accusations and that he even knew her at all. One of the women accused him of sexual assault when she was 14. Moore was 32 at the time.  Moore said all the allegations were false.   The Majority of high ranking Republicans including Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney asked Moore to abandon his campaign.  Trump said Moore should step aside if the charges are true.  However, unlike the other Republicans. Donald Trump formally endorsed Roy Moore.

In February , White House staff secretary, Rob Porter resigned after his two former wives accused him of physical abuse when they were married to him.  Staffers knew, the accusations contributed to a delay in granting him a permanent security clearance. Porter said , the allegations are simply false,” even as details of the alleged abuse and photographs of one of his former wives with a black eye that she said he had given her were widely circulated.

Porter claims he is innocent of the allegations. “I think you also have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday he’s innocent,”  Donald Trump 

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Donald Trump Stands By His Man 

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2018/09/18/standing-by-kavanaugh/

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 Kavanaugh’s family: “They are hurting somebody’s life very badly. It’s very unfair, I think, Justice Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough and his family, I think it’s a very unfair thing what’s going on,” Donald Trump

50.6 percent of the US population is women.   In 2018, 107  women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 20.0% of the 535 members; 23 women (23%) serve in the U.S Senate and 84 women (19.3%) serve in the U.S House of Representatives

In 2018, women are still fighting for equal pay. In the last 20 years reproductive rights have been under attack in many red states.   Health care for the poor is not available in other states.  This will not change until there are more women in office.  Until there are more women in office the government will be on the wrong side of women.

 

CityFella

Carol Merrill, Tell Us What She’s Won?


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A white nationalist tweeted her home address and called for peaceful protest outside her home. Her life is no longer her own and any form of normalcy may not return for years.

Christine Blasey Ford, could have remained silent and lived her life in the Bay Area.  For her it may have been a sense of duty.  A man she believes who once held her down with his hand over her mouth. A potential judge on the highest court in the land. A position of power  that is his for a lifetime, someone needed to know.

It’s politics on both sides, the Trump Administration and the Republican wants a young judge who may sit on the high court for 30 years or more.   The Democrat’s want to delay or derail those plans, perhap a retalitory move against the Republians who blocked Obama’s pick for the highest court.

The Republicans wants a hearing as soon as possible.  With little room for error the timer is ticking. They need to get  Kavanagh through the Judiciary Committee and on to the Senate before the mid terms.   Without additional witnesses the hearing will be swift.

Its doesn’t matter what she says, or how creditable she seems and Professor Ford knows this.  She has seen our government in action, she who Anita Hill is.

She has been summoned to the mountain, next Monday.   If need be ,they will bring the mountain to her.  At the mountain, she will face a group of old white men whose goal is to politely discredit her, after all, she doesn’t know where the party took place or the name of the  host.    Mr Kavanagh, will respectfully say she is mistaken. With doey eyes he may even go as far to say, he believes her, but it wasn’t him.     The  Judiciary Committee will look at each other, the gavel pounds wood and its dinner at the Olive Garden.

In a statement to CNN, Professor Ford’s attorney Lisa Banks said a rush to a hearing is unnecessary and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth.   She went on to say that Ford has been “thrust into the spotlight ” and isn’t able to go home because she’s receiving threats to her and her family’s safety.    She continues to believe that a full non partisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee.  However, the Committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceedings.

At the moment the tide is in the Republicans favor.  However, there are some in the #meetoo movement who are restless and a break in the silence could change the direction of the tide.

The Republicans would be better served if they allowed the FBI to get involved.  The Trump Administration refusal to release one hundred thousands of pages related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh’s service could become front and center.  Allowing mid term voters  to wonder if the Republicans are hiding information related to Kavanagh and Professor Ford.

Could Professor Ford be mistaken? After all it was more than 30 years ago.  Maybe she has an ax to grind and wants to derail his chances or worse an San Francisco Bay Area Ultra Liberal Democrat.  In a matter of days, the life she has enjoyed in relative anonymity has been turned upside down.  So Carol Merrill, tell us what she’s won?

CityFella

Standing by Kavanaugh


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President Trump, is sticking by his man Brett Kavanaugh for the ninth chair on the Supreme Court.   He should have chosen a women. Well not a middle school or high school teacher there could be an ugly affair with a freshman.  But other women.

Earlier today he told the press, he felt sorry for Kavanaugh to go through this. He felt bad for his family, his children.    “This is not a man who deserves this,”   

Trump is consistent, he stood by Alabama’s Roy Moore, a man some called a pedophile.  The women who came forward ,had an vendetta and were closeted democrat’s.

The current villains are the Democrat’s.   With the chief villain, being Senator Dianne Feinstein.  In a world where facts are fake news, The Washington Post (9/16/2018) reported:

In late July, she sent a letter via Eshoo’s office to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.In the letter, which was read to The Post, Ford described the incident and said she expected her story to be kept confidential. She signed the letter as Christine Blasey, the name she uses professionally. Though Ford had contacted The Post, she declined to speak on the record for weeks as she grappled with concerns about what going public would mean for her and her family — and what she said was her duty as a citizen to tell the story.

The Republican (Trump) Party has become “no women’s land”.   The approval of Kavanaugh would have most likely been a tie, with the Vice President being the tie breaker.

The Republican party not releasing all information about Kavanaugh’s background will now comeback to haunt them.     Some of the early attacks by some Republicans on Professor Ford combined President’s words today, may fuel the anti Trump movement in November’s General Elections.

Scary Books 

If there is a hearing?  Kavanaugh and his schoolmate Mark Judge (if Judge is ordered to testify) will have some scary splaining to do.

D.C. based attorney, Seth Berenzweig received a copy of 1983 Georgetown Prep high school yearbook.  Berenzweig said he received the yearbook from a woman who did not want her name revealed. Berenzweig says she brought it forward after seeing Judge Kavanaugh’s repeated denial of engaging in inappropriate behavior with a then 15-year-old girl at a high school party.

“The question of integrity and character and fitness,” said Berenzweig. “There’s information here that appears to potentially be inconsistent with what the judge said earlier this morning.”The yearbook has pages dedicated to each graduating high school senior. Kavanaugh’s page includes references to the “Keg City Club” and “100 kegs or bust.” “[He’s] someone who apparently may have had a reputation for some heavy drinking,” said Berenzweig. Kavanaugh’s page also includes a reference to the ‘Devil’s Triangle’, one possible interpretation of which is slang for a sexual situation involving two men and a woman.  It raises questions and I think the purpose of the disclosure of this is not to attack Judge Kavanaugh, not to attack his credibility. But just to make sure the American people and the Senate Judiciary Committee have all the information available when considering this lifetime appointment,” said Berenzweig.

Mark Judge wrote the book “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk.  In it, he details his experiences of extensive drinking while attending Georgetown Preparatory School.  He talks about what he got away with and describes a school swimming in alcohol.

” Professor Ford, said the two young men were drunk”

 Judge also references a “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” who he writes vomited in someone’s car. It has not been confirmed whether this is a reference to Kavanaugh.

Nasty Ugly

This echos the hearings of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, the difference is, the #meetoo  movement.  An attack on Ford’s character will be viewed as hostile.  The Demo’s want an FBI investigation, which might delay the installation of the new judge.  Earlier today, the President said, the FBI shouldn’t be involved.

If others come forward it will damage Brett Kavanaugh. If there is a public hearing it will forever change the lives of  Professor Ford and Mark Judge.

The optics will further damage the Republicans, 9 billion men, two women.   The Democrats are salivating, they want a show, however the Demo’s often overplay their hand which could turn off voters in November.  Judge Kavanaugh should ask for his name to be removed.  The question is, how much are the Republicans is willing to lose for a Justice Kavanaugh?

News at 11

CityFella

 

D.T. Puerto Rico Fake News 3000 people didn’t Die.


 

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” Only Donald Trump could see the tragedy in Puerto Rico and conclude that he is the victim”  Senator Ed Markey

Fashion Week Throwdown: Nicki Minaj Says Fight With Cardi B Was ‘Mortifying and Humiliating’


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The hip-hop star addressed the incident on her Queen Radio show: “I could not believe how … we made ourselves look.”

 

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Nicki Minaj took to the airwaves on Monday afternoon to address her fight with Cardi B at a Fashion Week event in New York City on Friday. Speaking on Beats 1’s Queen Radio, which can be heard on Apple Music, Minaj said she found the incident “mortifying and humiliating” especially considering it took place in front of “upper echelon people who have their lives together.”

Responding to the claim that Minaj had made disparaging remarks about Cardi’s newborn daughter, Minaj said, “It’s all lies,” adding, “I would never ridicule anyone’s child. [It’s] so sad for someone to pin that on somebody. … I would never talk about anyone’s child or parenting. … These lies are ridiculous.”

Using her real name (Onika Tanya Maraj), Minaj added: “It’s crazy for me that people always need to make Onika the bad guy. … I was wearing a Vauthier gown off the mother f—in’ runway and I could not believe how humiliating it all felt — how we made ourselves look.”

Addressing Cardi directly, Minaj lambasted: “You came into my f—in culture. I never had to bang a DJ to play my songs. You call black women roaches. Real bitches never attack a woman. You’re angry and you’re sad. This is not funny. Get this woman some f—in help. This woman’s at the highest point in her career and she’s throwing shoes?

Later in the broadcast, the topic of Minaj’s previous feud with Remy Ma came up and the rapper offered that, while she doesn’t always have an opportunity to defend herself, it sometimes gets worked out in her music, or “on wax.”

The star-studded Fashion Week party where the incident took place on Friday was billed as the Harper’s Bazaar Icon bash.

In one of several videos posted to Twitter, Cardi B  wearing a red dress, can be seen lunging towards Minaj before throwing a shoe at the rapper as their security teams rush to break it up.

Sources confirmed to Variety that it was, in fact, the two hip-hop artists involved in the melee, which happened just as the red carpet shuttered.

Cardi B  was later photographed with a large bruise above her right eye as she left the party. The back of her dress was also torn.

Minaj, who was unharmed in the encounter, was quickly escorted downstairs by Minaj’s security team.

Insiders confirm to Variety that Cardi B ’s bump on her forehead was the result of an elbow from one of Minaj’s security guards.

 

Rent Control Sacramento: The City offers a Bandaid to slow the bleeding


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Sacramento is the fastest growing big city in the State of California.  The capital city has seen a 9.4 increase in rent, three times higher than the national average and double the states average.

With rents averaging $1700, the Capital city has become an attractive and lower cost alternative to renters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.  The city has become popular with Millennials.  Sacramento, is the third most popular destination after Seattle and Nashville.

The new arrivals aren’t challenged by the rent prices

In Sacramento, fewer landlord are offering yearly leases ,opting for month to month agreements where they can increase rents with a 30 notice.     Many long term renters have experienced several rent increases this year.    After 16 years in a South Land Park Apartment, one tenant received 3 rent increases in less then seven months. Her dishwasher and disposal hasn’t worked in more than two year.  Today her rent is 62% of her income and she is not alone.    Sacramento’s eviction rate is more than twice the state average.

Fast Facts 

Don’t believe the Hype, not everyone is leaving California for Texas, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona, the state’s population continues to grow.  Nearly 40 million people call the Golden State Home.    There is a housing shortage in most population centers in state with Sacramento being one of the worst in the nation. According to Yardi matrix , Sacramento ranked 90 of the 96 markets. While Sacramento needs 2700 units annually to meet demand, only 593 apartments were completed in 2017.

While there has always been a need for affordable housing, the city eased requirements shortly after the Real Estate bubble burst and reduced funding for the program.

The Basic Myth 

Rent control will stop construction on new housing units……..

In most cities in California, (including Sacramento) apartment construction are at record levels.   Even in cities with existing rent control laws.  Developers set the rent on new developments,  once occupied, the cities rent controls would apply.   

Passage of Proposition 10 in November would allow California cities to place rent controls on new development. 

 (If the developer cant make a viable profit they may choose not to build.)

Tenants will not leave their rent control apartments, resulting in an shortages.  

The objective data, doesn’t support this.

 

Sacramento’s 

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It very clear, Sacramento’s Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s and some members of the city council do not support any form of rent control.   His support of temporary measures disappointed many attending the rent control workshop last night.

Steinberg: “I do not favor permanent rent control in our city,” “I believe building more affordable housing is the best way to stabilize rents. 

  Funding for affordable housing may take 7 to 10 years. The reality for his constituents is they needed rent relief yesterday. They needed relief the first hour he took office.

(Government:   I want you to know we understand what your going through, needing shelter from the rain.  Currently there isn’t funding for umbrellas.   I have instructed my  has been instructed to locate funding.   Finding a source may take some time, but I assure you we will make this a top Priority. After a few necessary meetings with governmental agencies,  we should get funding for that umbrella you clearly need in two years, nine years tops! )  

Mayor Steinberg, supports a cap of 5% on annual rent increases that would expire after three years. The cap, would apply to apartments older than 20 years.

This is a slap in the face for renters in the city.  He has excluding more than a few thousand apartments units, built during Sacramento’s last building boom between the late nineties to 2007. What happens to rents after the cap expires? 

Council members Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Rick Jennings suggested mediation be available to tenants if a landlord attempted to raise the rent by more than 6 percent.  Their plan would also make it mandatory for landlords with more than five units to offer 18-month leases, which Jennings said isn’t as extreme as rent control and would help stabilize rental rates.“  According to their proposal, if a tenant who receives a rent increase of more than 6 percent within a 12-month period requests mediation, they must still pay rent, plus the 6 percent increase, until the dispute is resolved.

Mediation?  Rent control let talk about it?  This proposal is completely absurd! 

This was clearly written by individuals who a have close ties with developers or own property in the city.  Rent control isn’t a new language, there isn’t a code to crack.  Not only is there several resources available members of their staff could make calls to cities along I-80 as  Richmond, Berkeley and San Francisco have rent control legislation in place. There is nothing ambiguous in those cities agreements.  In San Francisco, rent increases are limited to 6% a year*  no meetings, the landowner would need to get permission from the city to increase rents beyond the cap.   (* The landlord can exceed the cap if capital improvements are required) 

 

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Sacramento currently needs 2700 units of new housing annually.  In time, the demand  will only increase.  The city’s homeless population is growing by the hour. Sacramento has joined, San Jose, San Francisco and many other cities with employed individuals living in their cars, camping in our parks, because they cant afford housing.   According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, in 2016, 78 homeless people died within the county. But in 2017, 124 people died: an increase of more than 150%. One homeless person dies every three days.

This issue of housing and homelessness isn’t just a Sacramento problem its a national problem.  Its a national disgrace.  Ignored until it overwhelms.

The primary issue isn’t rent in the the new developments in Sacramento.  It is the exorbitant rent increases renters are experiencing all over the city.    Long term tenants are facing rent increases because the landlord can.   Resulting in fear, insecurity, and helplessness.

Proposition 10, may not be the answer to the state’s housing shortage. It is an reaction, to the inaction of local government .  The noise generated by the  renters of Sacramento have forced Mayor Steinberg and company to look at rent control.  Their proposed fixes won’t slow the bleeding Sacramento.

A genuine approach would be an ordinance that would immediately cap all rent increases to 6% city wide.   An ordinance that would prevent evictions without cause. (which would prevent landowner from evicting tenants to circumventing the law)

Tax incentives to those developers that include market rate housing in their projects.  Incentives to developers who add housing to their projects throughout these adding additional intensives for developer to build near light rail stations.  These projects could be managed thorough  Sacramento’s Housing Authority.   Returning to reality, none of these are likely to happen.

Renters of Sacramento,will have to make rent control a part of law.   There is no need to   have to re-invent the wheel as several templates   There are rent control advocates in the State that will participate in penning the law.

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CityFella